A couple of days ago I released a post where I announced that Ubuntu Eee will be re-branded as ION. While we were all very happy about this, some were not and said we couldn’t use the name because they have an unregistered trademark.

So sadly the naming discussion continues…

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89 Responses to “UPDATE: Re-branding Ubuntu Eee”

  1. yurishi November 3, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    You could call it:

    Ubuntu.NET :)
    NBook OS or NetOS
    NBU (Netbook Ubuntu)
    Ubuntu AE (AE = Asus EEE)
    Nameless Ubuntu Distri. (NUD)

    Just a few Ideas, you can think about…

  2. lingk November 3, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    how about


  3. Christian November 3, 2008 at 11:11 pm #

    eeebeeenteee ;-)

  4. jgallott November 3, 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    I vote Ubuntu Eee Remix, not far off from what identification you started with, easily recognizable as the same to people who are already familiar with the project, and fits what Ubuntu will accept.

    Don’t know if this is related, but my update manager tonight wants to uninstall eee-osd and ubuntu-eee (I didn’t let it). Is this the new update for Ubuntu-eee or Canonical getting tetchy?

  5. thex November 4, 2008 at 10:05 am #




    dvebuntu ( from dverg, norwegian dwarf)

    ill think of some more

  6. Anonymous November 4, 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    why not call it I:ON

  7. hoi November 5, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    >why not call it I:ON


    i is good character.
    i think so =)

  8. david November 6, 2008 at 3:40 am #

    i think Umwelt is the best name for such a precise environment like ubuntu-eee.. google it “umwelt” (ethology)

  9. Trewornan November 7, 2008 at 3:44 am #

    It’s already been suggested by someone else but, “Reeemix” seems ideal to me.

  10. dj November 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    how does e3 sound?

    or put the 3 as superscript


  11. Rawlyn November 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    I’m still confused as to why it “needs” to be rebranded so heavily.
    At heart I’m an Ubuntu user, and out of choice I would use Ubuntu over any other OS in pretty much any situation. If this distro cuts it’s association with Ubuntu (despite largely being the result of the work of those involved with the Ubuntu project as a whole), I’d be inclined to remove it from my system and replace it with something more honest.
    At least the name “Ubuntu for eee” (or something similar, within Canonical’s requirements) gives credit to the many good people who worked long and hard to make Ubuntu the outstanding OS that it is.

    Oh, and Ubuntu.NET?! Why not go the whole way and call it “Microsoft Ubuntu”, “McUbuntu” or “iUbuntu” and really see how many trademark laws we can violate…!

  12. cartes November 8, 2008 at 1:07 am #

    NION – the prefix N being for netbook

    XION (ex ION)

    LION (Linux)

  13. sQeeZy November 10, 2008 at 1:37 am #

    NUBS – Netbook – ubuntu – based – system

  14. ay^ November 10, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    I vote for eeebuntu!

  15. BAS November 11, 2008 at 6:44 pm #

    First I was thinking 3eos, but canon has eos covered. So how about e3os?

  16. ste November 12, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    ‘eeebuntu’ already exists

    i like ‘ubuntu-eee remix’ and is ok for canonical too

  17. wik November 13, 2008 at 10:36 pm #


  18. eric November 15, 2008 at 9:23 am #

    I was just thinking about a new name this morning and came up with following:
    – lure (Linux-Ubuntu Remix Eee). This should lure people away from the other OS out there ;-)
    – uree (Ubuntu Remix Edition Eee, ureeeeey)
    – unre (Ubuntu Netbook Remix Eee, could also be considered an UNREal dream)

  19. filip November 15, 2008 at 10:34 pm #


  20. Paul November 17, 2008 at 9:29 pm #

    How about “ueee”. Short,simple and to the point!

  21. Matt November 19, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    How about nbuntu, like an up side down u, but stands for n*et. Easy to remember, shares similarities, why not?

  22. Matt November 19, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    Another suggestion I would like to see come to effect would be an extra step in the installer to choose if you want a standard gnome desktop or to use the netbook interface. (since I do not use it..)

  23. dazhug November 21, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    how about replacing all of the u in ubuntu with e instead, ebente!!

  24. Per November 22, 2008 at 1:32 am #

    I suggest:


  25. Per November 22, 2008 at 1:38 am #





  26. Clinton November 24, 2008 at 8:49 pm #

    Got it!
    UberEEE. Cuase when I load this on my EEE its a freaking uber box!

    (Still working on the catch phrase part)

  27. Pepa November 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    Well, then you could go for Eeeon, besides sounding like ion in some languages, also reminds of Aeon, which is cool.

  28. Somniac November 26, 2008 at 12:38 am #

    How about UMbuntu – Ultra Mobile ubuntu. I can see this distro ultimately being used on more than just the eee range of UMPCs.

  29. Jon Ramvi November 27, 2008 at 12:19 am #

    Thanks for all your ideas! We’re very close to rebranding now!!
    I’m reading all your comments. I like Duodji, Myon/Muon, Ncane, Glovebox/Glovebook and Lure :)
    @Max Interesting.. Thanks for sharing your trademark knowledge. I’m not confident enough to go for Ion though
    @Foomandoonian Wow, nice! Thinking about it

  30. ʇɹɐq November 28, 2008 at 11:33 am #


    eh- maybe it’s late and I’m a perv but the logo looks like 3 boobs melted together


  31. TheMayor87 December 2, 2008 at 5:02 am #

    EEEasy Linux

  32. Chris December 2, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    I like the name ‘Ubuntu’. Not just the sound, but there’s something appealing about it being meaningless to me, an English speaker, but drawn from the indigenous language of Mark Shuttleworth’s home country.

    So I was thinking, netbooks are for people on the move. You’re Norwegian, right? People on the move are nomads. The Sami are nomads from Norway (and other nordic countries). Is there a really nice sounding Sami word that just sums it up? Can’t help more than that as I don’t actually know any Sami words, but it was an idea. Actually maybe I know one – Kota. Mmm, home on the move, could work?

  33. Sushipumpum December 2, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    Saami sounds about the right level of exotism. Noitarumpu is Finnish for the shamanic drum saami shamans use to go into trance. Runebom in Norwegian. Goavddis in N Saami.

    Noid is the Saami name for the shaman.

  34. Araceli December 4, 2008 at 1:25 am #

    I propose MUB
    Sounds like “move”, and has the greek M (micro)

  35. wayne tedder December 4, 2008 at 1:32 am #

    I like ION, simple direct and easy to connect with the product and logo.

    I’d simply change it to something similar like Muon.

    Heck I’d even be willing to prototype a few logo’s for you if you want.

  36. Jon Ramvi December 4, 2008 at 1:58 am #

    I like the Sami idea :)

    Thanks for the offer wayne tedder! I might just follow you up on that! ;) Don’t waste your time before we’re approaching a decision though :)

  37. raybanana December 6, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    I like the word Tukano or Tucano (in english is Toucan), it a tropical bird from Amazonia with lively colors,which is good inspiration for creating logos.
    Also the Tucanos or Tukanos are a group of amazonian tribes in which marriages are between members of different tribes and since they all have different languages each Tukano speaks a minimum of 3 languages and usually 5 or 6 of them.

  38. Reid Anderson December 9, 2008 at 4:50 am #

    Ubuntu rEeeMix sounds good to me (with whatever capitalization makes the most sense).

    However, if the next version will be for netbooks in general and not just the Eee, then NetBuntu makes the most sense (although keeping the eee roots would be amusing as “N3tbuntu”

    As a side note, Canonical would have to be pretty dense if they didn’t pick up this project and support it. A clear mission, based heavily on ubuntu, and with a quickly growing market… it doesn’t take an MBA to realize the potential there.

  39. Keaien December 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    If not ion then it should be Linair, uLin, Minilin or Lin

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